Abstract

Hall R, Hill C, Ogden P. Migration and household change with particular reference to one-person households. In: Creeser R, Gleave S, editors. Migration Within England and Wales Using the Longitudinal Study. ONS Series LS, No. 9. London: The Stationery Office; 2000. p. 62-73.

The main focus of this chapter is the characteristics of those living alone in 1991 who moved within England and Wales since 1981. By concentrating on those aged under 60 in 1991 the authors seek to show whether migrants living alone have different characteristics from all migrants. The association between changes in household status and migration is discussed, particularly in terms of transitions between family and non-family household types. London is considered separately, with reference to the characteristics of those who migrated to Inner London between 1981 and 1991.
The hypotheses posed by the chapter include: whether individuals attracted by the employment opportunities of Inner London are more likely to live alone and to what extent the housing market responds to their particular life-style demands. Also, to what extent are people living alone particularly well-suited to the labour market requirements of global cities such as London, which require highly mobile populations able to move in and out of jobs with relative ease?
The results presented in this chapter show that Inner London has the highest proportion of total in-migrants living alone of any region and that they are much more likely to be living in privately rented accommodation. Migration emerges as a key link between professionalisation and one-person households. The large amount of rented property in Inner London provides the necessary flexibility in the housing market to facilitate high levels of in-migration.